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Selecting Diverse Books

The following resources can help you select anti-bias and diverse titles to use in your lessons or classroom library.

Reading a Call Number

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Books in the University of Arkansas Libraries are organized using Library of Congress call numbers. These call numbers consist of four or more lines of letters and numbers. The first line consists of one or two letters, read alphabetically. The second line is a whole number. The third line consists of a letter, read alphabetically, and a decimal number. The fourth line is the year of publication. Following lines may contain version or copy information. 

Call numbers can be tricky! If you have trouble finding a book in the library, please let a staff member know. Librarians and library staff will be happy to assist you. 

Google Books

Books that are out of copyright may be available from Google Books. Many other books may show a preview if one is available. Be sure to check our library catalog for electronic books, since the books we own electronically will not automatically show in Google Books. 

Google Book Search

Use Quick Find K-12 to search for books by title, author, genre, reading level, and more! Use the dropdown to select LCS - University of Arkansas Fayetteville to search books that are in Mullins library, or search the Universe of Titles to get access to information about over 3 million books. 

The feeds on this page are great resources for identifying newly reviewed/published titles that are trending in the world of Children's Literature.  These feeds will update on a regular basis, so check back frequently for new suggestions.  

These feeds review new titles that will likely not be in our collections here at the University of Arkansas Libraries at the time of the review, but are a good way to stay informed of releases that may be of interest to you for your school or classroom collections.

NYT Children's Book Review Feed
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The Children's Book Review Feed
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Selected Children's Literature Titles

African American Literature - Picture Books

Historical Fiction Picture Books